|The title Con[text] itself is a play on words "con" meaning with in Spanish and "text" referring to any written language. Literal context is added to an image with the addition of words, numbers, letters. Shots of billboards, graffiti, headstones or even the illusion of a letter or word counts. The following examples have been shown at Darkroom Gallery in past exhibitions or provided by juror Tim Clark.
William Horton's The Perfect Perch is a perfect example of text naturally occurring and re-instating the origins of a subject. It adds a richness to the image and authenticates the windmill.
Barbara Dombach's The Sparrow is an example of two different kinds of text within the same image, handwriting is juxtaposed with the typeface of "June" in this dream-like image.
Sean Stewart's Comfortable Alley no34 is an example of an image with symbols that do not have legible words but the viewer knows they have meaning, obstruction of this meaning makes the photograph all the more mysterious. As this can also be true for text in a different language.
EJ Major, from the series Love is..... (published in issue 17 of 1000 Words Photography Magazine) is an example of collage. The artist took 2 found objects, in this case, mail and a iconic photograph and played them off one another along with a handwritten addition, it tells a unique story with all these multi layers at play.
Harold Ross's "Flying Fish" is an example of a hidden symbol within an image. Can you see the letter T in this photograph? Do you think this is a happy mistake or a consious choice of Ross?
Hugh Jones' Alice in Wonderland is an example of numbers or letters creating an overall texture or pattern, adding another layer of meaning to the image.
Fritzi Newton's If Doors Could Talk is an example of documentary photography that just so happens to have fragments of words in the found scene. When you are walking around with your camera you must capture some signage or logos in your shots, this is fair game for Con[text].
Roz Leibowitz's Annie Julia or Life After Death is a construction of a taken image along with the artist's written word. This is indicative of the dadaist movement, informing the viewer of a specific context to analyze the image.
Juror: Christy Karpinski
by Ed Rubin
Los Angeles CA
With the beginning of a new year and the resumption of new Calls for Entry it seemed appropriate to give our contributors a chance to choose their own best photos, regardless of subject or genre, to enter. Thus we named this exhibition OPEN - 2018, a chance for our contributors to choose their own photo genre. Whatever you most enjoy shooting or wherever you feel your strength as a photographer lies - be it landscapes, portraits, street photography, abstraction, still life, or any other of the myriad subjects one might choose - we want to see the work with which you choose to identify yourself.
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Submissions Close:||17 January 18 23:59 EST|
|Selections Announced:||by 25 January 18|
|On-Line Check-in Due:||26 January 18|
|Work Receipt Deadline:||12 February 18|
|Exhibit Opens:||15 February 18|
|Artists' Reception:||24 February 18 16:00|
|Exhibit Closes:||18 March 18|
How to make a Submission
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All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog;
Juror: Christy Karpinski
Christy Karpinski is an acclaimed editor, publisher, writer, teacher, and working photographer. As creator, publisher and editor of F-Stop Magazine she has become an important voice in promoting photographers and their work since 2002. She teaches photography and website design at Columbia College in Chicago, IL, where she earned an MFA degree.
Aline Smithson writes of Karpinski in LenScratch "...much of Christy’s personal work revolves around children. Her rich color saturated, and detail-focused photographs speak 'to the internal transition, by asking the adult viewer to identify with the child and to recognize how these changes in our perception of children are also changes in our perception and experience of ourselves as adults.'"
Karpinski's work has been exhibited at a number of galleries as well as the Griffin Museum of Photography . Her photos have also been published in Wondertime, Shots, StoryQuarterly, File Magazine, Foto Pozytyw, Feline, Altar, as well as the books – Home Life, A Field Guide to the North American Family, COPA exhibition catalog, and the artist’s book Invisible. She also published a book, F-Stop: the first four years, featuring a collection of photographers featured in F-Stop.
CHAMPLAIN VALLEY PHOTO SLAM 2018
Once again Darkroom Gallery presents an opportunity for everyone in the Champlain Valley region to exhibit their work!
Entry Deadline: December 27, 2017 NOTE: ENTRY DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED
Opening Reception: January 12, 2018
|The Round Pen|
|Great Blue Heron|
|The Hesitant Step|
|Last Sign of Fall|
|A Rose by Name|
|Burst of Cactus|
|Two Shipyard Workers in Cape Town|
|Colchester Pond, 2016|
|Community Center, 2017|
|A Song of Mourning|
|The Lord's Smoke Break|
|Deerfield Valley Dawn|
|Beyond the Mist|
|Intervale Flood Truck|
|Blacksmith at work|
|J. Pidgeon Portrait|
|Crosswords on the Subway|
|Roots on the Shore|
|The Cowboy Lament|
|Fun on the Beach|
|Kat - Emotion 1|
If you live in the Champlain Valley (full or part time) and love making photos, make photos for a living, as a serious passion, or to fill your creative urges, we want to see your best shots.
Submit up to five images, online or by email and we will select and print at least one and display it during a three week exhibition complete with an Artists' Reception at Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction VT.
For this exhibit, two members of our local photography group Art-in-Photography, Paul Dandurand and Timothy Gottshall, will join with well-known local art collector and eminent supporter of the arts Mark Waskow to select at least one of your images for display. Our previous Photo Slam saw the display of 130 images, and we hope to exceed that number this year.
There will be prizes for First, Second, and Third Place photos, as chosen by the jurors. There will also be a People's Choice prize for the photo that receives the most votes by attendees at the Artist's Reception - that's why it's called a SLAM! Additional door prizes will be provided by local merchants. And we'll have a closing reception on January 27 at which photographers can pick up their photos and chat with other entrants.
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Submissions Close:||27 December 17 23:59 EST|
|Selections Announced:||by 3 January 17|
|Exhibit Opens:||12 January 18|
|Artists' Reception:||12 January 18, 19:00|
|Closing Reception||27 January 18, 16:00|
|Exhibit Closes:||27 January 18|
After 99 Exhibitions we are taking a break!
Over the next month or two we are planning to do some work on our web site and better organize and advertise our inventory of fabulous prints we have been collecting. We also want to host a few more workshops and photographer community events.
Once we regroup, for our 100th exhibit, we are planning to host our 4th Champlain Valley Photo Slam Probably in November/December.
We really appreciate all the support we have received over the last seven years and queries from eager photographers about future exhibitions.